Systematic Reviews
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World J Orthop. Dec 18, 2015; 6(11): 996-1005
Published online Dec 18, 2015. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v6.i11.996
Perioperative outcomes in minimally invasive lumbar spine surgery: A systematic review
Branko Skovrlj, Patrick Belton, Hekmat Zarzour, Sheeraz A Qureshi
Branko Skovrlj, Hekmat Zarzour, Department of Neurosurgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029, United States
Patrick Belton, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 13210, United States
Sheeraz A Qureshi, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY 10029, United States
Author contributions: Skovrlj B, Belton P, Zarzour H and Qureshi SA contributed equally to data collection, literature review, composition of manuscript, final drafting and editing; all authors approve to the submission.
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Correspondence to: Sheeraz A Qureshi, MD, MBA, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, 5 East 98th Street, 4th Floor, Box 1188, New York, NY 10029, United States.
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Received: February 27, 2015
Peer-review started: February 27, 2015
First decision: April 28, 2015
Revised: July 21, 2015
Accepted: August 4, 2015
Article in press: August 7, 2015
Published online: December 18, 2015
Core Tip

Core tip: Perioperative outcomes in minimally invasive (MIS) approaches to the lumbar spine have not been specifically examined in systematic reviews of MIS lumbar laminectomy, direct lateral and transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) surgeries. Based on perioperative outcomes data, MIS approach is superior to open approach for TLIF. For laminectomy, MIS and open approaches can be chosen based on surgeon preference. For lateral approaches, there is insufficient evidence to find non-inferior perioperative outcomes at this time.